Oguna on search for Likoni bodies … In his own words

By Brian Okoth On Wed, 9 Oct, 2019 16:23 | 1 min read
Oguna says a multi-agency team deployed to retrieve the bodies of Kighenda and that of her daughter have spotted Kighenda’s Toyota Isis. [PHOTO | FILE]
Oguna says a multi-agency team deployed to retrieve the bodies of Kighenda and that of her daughter have spotted Kighenda’s Toyota Isis. [PHOTO | FILE]
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    Oguna: This evening or Thursday morning, we would have established, through screening and verification, if the car is that of the victims.

“Good afternoon members of the press….

“We are here to continue searching for the bodies that plunged into the sea on September 29.

“A multi-agency team comprising the Kenya Navy, Kenya Ferry Services, Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Maritime Authority, among others, have been working tirelessly to find the bodies.

“We also know that days into the search, private divers joined the mission.

“Today is the tenth day since we officially began the search. We have done everything possible to locate the bodies…

“We laud the Kenya Navy, which has been committed in the search for the bodies. A lot of challenges including dangerous animals and ocean currents made the search extremely difficult.

“We identified 14 locations, and screened one after the other.

“Two days ago [Monday, October 7], we had successfully screened ten locations, and were left with only four spots, which were difficult to navigate.

“As a result, the Government hired advanced equipment from South Africa and other foreign nations to assist in the navigation.

“Yesterday night [Tuesday, October 8], the Kenya Navy had narrowed the search to two locations. Today [Wednesday, October 9], the divers embarked on the grueling task.

“At around 1pm, the divers communicated that they had seen what appears like a car in the two spots. For now, we can’t say with certainty whether Kighenda’s car is in one of the two locations, given we haven’t ascertained the vehicle’s registration plate number. You are also aware that so many objects fall into the sea…

“This evening [Wednesday], or Thursday morning, we would have established, through screening and verification, if the car is that of the victims.”